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Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Doordarshan, Govt. of India (Indian National Television)
Written by Amrit Rai, Satyajit Ray (Dialogue)
Screenplay by Satyajit Ray
Story by Munshi Premchand
Based on Short story Sadgati
by Premchand
Starring Om Puri
Smita Patil
Mohan Agashe
Gita Siddharth
Richa Mishra
Music by Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Soumendu Roy
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Release date
Running time
52 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Sadgati (The Deliverance) is a 1981 Hindi film, primarily made for TV, by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story of same name by Munshi Premchand.


The film is a vicious indictment of the Indian caste system; when a poor and out-caste, village shoemaker, Dukhi (Om Puri), goes to village Brahmin (Hindu priest) (Mohan Agashe) to get the date of his daughter's marriage fixed, the Brahmin in turn asks for labour without pay in exchange, the ensuing events however turn the table against the priest, who in the end has to fore-go all the lofty tradition, including that of untouchability, he held so dearly, all this life, in his life as village priest.[1]



  • Art direction: Ashoke Bose
  • Sound designer: Amulya Das


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